Post Ayurvedic Cleanse

It’s naturally that after the reset your first instinct is to go out for celebratory pizza, burger or wine. But avoid if possible because it could shock your system and undo all the hard work. Continue the reset for couple of days after you finish the plan, so go easy on your body and mind as you transition back to your regular routine. To allow for a safe transition, for 2-3 days post the reset follow the following rules to ensure long-term benefits:

·            Eat Cooke foods, as they are easy to digest particularly during vata season  of later fall

·            Avoid heavy food that require more digestive energy – red meat, hard cheese, and pastas

·            Drink warm lemon water in the morning to stay hydrated.

·            Aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night

·            Make your way back to regular routine slowly

Day 5: Why an Ayurvedic Reset – Routine and recipe

Now that you have some knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda, let’s talk about the reset (cleanse). This four-day Ayurvedic reset is based on a reset (cleanse) designed by Larissa Hall Carlson, E-RYT, a yoga teacher and dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

An Ayurvedic reset (cleanse) emphasizes gentleness, sustainable routines, and equal attention to both body and mind. This contrasts with other, harsher detox plans, which, although often effective for deep cleansing via laxatives or enemas, can actually shock, exhaust, and deplete your digestive and nervous systems. Ayurveda cleanse focuses on resetting the digestive fire (known as agni) which allows it to reset and strengthen the digestive fire. The detoxifying nature further supports the body’s own natural mechanism to remove built up toxin from the body.

During the cleanse you will eat easily digestible foods, so your body can put more energy toward eliminating toxins, but you’ll also maintain enough variety and flavor in your diet to keep you from losing interest or feeling hungry. As a four-day program, the cleanse is just long enough to strengthen the digestive fire and purify the mind without going so deep that it’s necessary to have a personal Ayurvedic practitioner oversee the process. And though Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle recommendations can be specific to your dominant dosha—your unique physical and mental constitution that influences your well-being—this cleanse is tri-doshic, meaning it works for everyone, according to Carlson.

This is not a full cleans (known as panchakarma), a panchakarma should be done under the guidance of an Ayurvedic practitioner. This is simpler version of panchakarma which can be done at home, but can offer the resetting and rejuvenating benefits that a full panchakarma provides.

Things to keep in mind: 1. Kitchari diet for four days – for the four day of the reset you will only be eating a kitchari diet. Kitchari is an easy to make and easy to digest meals, made with rice, yellow mung dal, clarified butter and vegetable. You will have kitchari for all your meal (lunch and dinner). Ideally for breakfast too, however if the idea of having something that heavy in the morning is repulsive to you (it does to me) you can replace it with simple oatmeal.

2. Avoid Snacks – Avoid snacking – instead, sip warm water throughout the day. However, if you’re hungry between meals, don’t deprive yourself.

3. Sip hot water and detox tea in the morning and throughout the day – This will help with resetting the digestion and cleansing toxins. Stay hydrate by drinking water room temperature to ensure you get plenty of fluids. Make sure to avoid ice, cold drinks and caffeine.

4. Do a daily self-massage with warm oil – Self-massage can help with facilitating the removal of built-up toxins so they can be eliminated as waste. While the warm oil can also calm and rejuvenates the nervous system.

Daily Routine while on the Cleanse:

Morning 6 am – 11am

Drink warm lemon water

Scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper

Prepare a cup of warm water and lemon and drink it while you begin to prepare your kitchari and tea for the day.

Meditate (5-10 Minutes) or practice gentle yoga (10-20 Minutes)

Breakfast: Breakfast should ideally be kitchari, but if the idea of having kitchari for breakfast is repulsive, you can eat a simply prepared grain such as oatmeal or quinoa. Warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom would be good additions, just don’t put fruit in your oatmeal, as you will want to be diligent about food combining on your cleanse. Fruit is best digested alone!

Breakfast ideally between: 7–8 a.m

Optional:

Complete the 5-senses purification 

Do channel-cleaning breath work

After Noon: 12 – 6pm

Lunch: Eat a large, satisfying lunch

Lunch should be kitchari (Ideally between 12–1 p.m)

Sip 1 cup of tea as desired

Practice yoga for 60 minutes

Evening to night time: 6 pm – 10 pm

Dinner: Dinner should be eaten before 7 pm to give you plenty of time for digestion before sleep (2-3 hours before bed time) - (Ideally between 5–6 p.m., but no later than 7 p.m.).

Wind down by reading inspirational books, writing in a journal, or meditating.

Go to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep.

Oil massage

Things to Keep in mind while on the cleanse:

Practice eating mindfully.

Walk in nature.

Drink 1 cup of tea as desired.

Avoid snacking. Instead, sip warm water throughout the day. However, if you’re hungry between meals, don’t deprive yourself. Snack on peeled almonds that have been soaked overnight—these are easily digestible.

 

 

Ayurvedic Reset: Day 3 Doshas

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The three Doshas and the five elements that create them 
According to Ayurveda, the five elements of nature found on earth (Space, Air, fire, Water, and Earth) combine in the body as three components known as Dosha (vatta, Pitta, and Kapha). The three doshas relate closely to the element of nature and to specific functions of the body. For an optimal health, it essential that all the doshas are balanced.

Everyone is sort into one of three doshas or constitutes (Vatta, Pitta, and Kapha). While we all have elements of all three doshas, in most people, one dominates, influencing physical and emotional health, behavior and more. Doshas are determined at the time of conception, also relates to an individual’s physical makeup and personality. Most people are considered to have a combination of doshas, with one type usually being predominant.

These Doshas are energies used to describe your body, food, mind, environment and everything else. They are also used to help identify, customize and prescribe lifestyle changes and remedies that will balance your energies, prevent diseases, and preserve health.

Dosha Quiz: Eat Feel Fresh Dosha Quiz: 

1. Vatta (Air and Ether)

Characteristics: 
·Vatta is made up of the elements air and ether. Air gives it characteristics such as mobility and dryness, while their makes it subtle and light. 
·It is the most important dosha in the body and mind. As it is the force of all movement (e.g. blood circulation) and sensation. The main seat of vata is the colon

Function: 
·Providing movement, such as for breathing, circulation, transmission of nerve signals and elimination of waste/providing all sensation in the body, igniting agi (digestive fire)/supporting memory, drive and understanding.

Mind and Body: 
·The vata mind is influence by air and ether, giving it properties of movement, lightness, speed, irregularity such as being able to understand and learn, but also quickly to forget. 
·A person with a Vatta makeup tends to have a small, thin build and wispy physically, lively, chatty, and always on the move (all over the place). On the other hands, people with this dosha are more expose to insomnia, anxiety, and the inability to focus.

Imbalance Symptoms:
·Emotions such as anxiety, fear, or nervousness 
·Dry, rough, or chapped skin
·Gas or bloating after meals 
·Dry or dry stools 
·Feeling uncomfortably cold

2. Pitta (Fire and Water)

Characteristics: 
·Pitta takes on characteristics such as heat and sharpness from fire and fluidity and oiliness from water. 
·In the body, it is the source of transformation (digestion) and provide internal heat. The main seat of Pitta is the stomach and intestine

Function: 
·Digesting food and Fueling agni (digestive fire)/producing blood and coloring the skin/providing intelligence and self-confidence/provide insight

Mind and Body: 
·The fire and water give them properties of penetration and transformation such as a sharp intelligence and a proneness to anger. 
·The pitta body style is more of a medium, and muscular build; and tend have a fire burning within. Persons with Pitta dosha are often intense, intelligent, goal-oriented, excellent leaders and public speakers. However, too much of pitta leads to compulsive, obsessed behavior, irritability and heartburn.

Imbalance Symptoms: 
·Having an overly sharp, highly critical or uncompromising mind 
·Experiencing hyperacidity, burning sensations, tightness in the belly, or inflammation in the gut 
·Acute inflammation

3. Kapha (Earth and Water)

Characteristics:

·Qualities received by Kapha from earth include heaviness and stability; and from water include illness and smoothness. 
·It gives the body substance, strength, cohesion, lubrication, cooling, and immunity. It is also responsible for healing. The main seat of Kapha is the stomach and chest.

Function: 
·Providing moisture to food in the stomach 
·Providing strength and cooling to the heart and the sensory organs 
·Stabilizing and lubricating the joints 
·Providing taste

Mind and Body: 
·The earth and water give Kapha mind properties stability and endurance, such as cool headedness and good memory. 
·The Kapha appearance is usually bigger and well-developed. Kapha tend to have their feet firmly planted on the ground. They are strong and muscular physically, and are emotionally stable, calm and patient. Unlike vata, Kapha are prone to holding grudges, sluggishness, and weight gain.

Imbalance Symptoms:

·Excessive sleep or difficulty waking up
·Over-eating, or turning to food for emotional comfort 
Carrying extra body weight

Ayurvedic Reset: Day two

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient type of healing system and traditional medicine that has been used in India for thousands of years (5,000 years). It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a dedicated balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Each of the components must be in state of harmony – neither too strong nor too weak – for the body to remain healthy.

Ayurveda further emphasizes good health and prevention treatment of illness through lifestyle practices (e.g., yoga, meditation, massage, and dietary change) and the use of herbal remedies.

In Ayurveda medicine, optimal health and even one’s spiritual growth starts with prevention. Prevention is based on a balance lifestyle that is in harmony with the cycle of nature.

Origin:

Ayurveda is a Vedic Science. Another Vedic Science, often called Ayurveda’s sister science, is Yoga. All Vedic science are primarily teaching for the development of full human physical, mental and spiritual potential.

Ayurveda’s base of knowledge was recorded in a large body of Sanskrit literature that originated in India, called the Vedas. The Vedas are considered to be the oldest written recordings that describe, often in metaphors, ancient principles, practices and spirituality

The Meaning of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a science of life – the word Ayurveda origins from two separate Sanskrit words (Ayur-Life, Veda = science or knowledge).

Ayurvedic medicine is holistic, which means viewing the body and mind as a whole – Ayurveda treats not only the physical body, but also changes lifestyle practices to help maintain or improve health.

The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda:

1. The mind and the body are connected 
2. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind,

According to Ayurveda, the five elements of nature (Space, Air, fire, Water, and Earth) combine in the body as three components known as Dosha (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). The three doshas relate closely to the element of nature and to specific functions of the body. For an optimal health, it essential that all the doshas are balanced.

*Doshas will be further discuss tomorrow*

Ayurveda and yoga:

Ayurveda is often refer to as the sister science to yoga, as such if yoga is the path to achieving wellness and enlightenment, then Ayurveda is the system that supports a healthy body and mind for yoga’s practices.

Both practices come from the same philosophy, however Ayurveda focuses mainly on the goal of dharma (living the right way), while yoga focuses on the goal of moksha (enlightenment). Both are practical system with a holistic perspective - persons are seen as being with a unified body, mind and consciousness.